KAISER REPORT HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR CONSUMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Throughout the summer, we will be publishing the NDNRC Update on a biweekly basis.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new analysis that examines the importance of consumer assistance programs – like the ACA navigators. The report shows that there is still a need for navigators and points to the fact that many who need help aren’t able to get it. To read more about the report or for a link to it, check out our news item.
If you are doing this critical work of consumer assistance, there are graphics to help highlight this role. AAHD has been working with Community Catalyst and other partners in conducting outreach to educate individuals about the ACA Marketplace. Links to graphics like the one below which highlight the availability of consumer assistance can be found in the Community Catalyst Outreach Hub.
Speaking of SEPs, our partners at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) have summarized a FEMA SEP which provides individuals with more time to enroll under a SEP. You can find the CBPP summary in our news item.
A new blog post from CBPP highlights the importance of Medicaid as a form of coverage for workers who are considered front-line and/or essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CBPP also has a blog post which looks at the recent ballot measures that were passed by Missouri and Oklahoma approving Medicaid expansion for those states. The blog post examines what immediate Medicaid expansion could mean for the states in the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Recently, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners consumer representatives released a list of recommendations for what state should be doing to address access to coverage, access to care and address other health equity issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find a link to this report and read a summary in the blog post by the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR).
Another blog post by the Georgetown CHIR addresses a set of principles that were recently released by the Department of Health and Human Services on surprise medical billing with a special emphasis on the issue given the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you missed it, AAHD conducted a survey in April assessing the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on access to healthcare on adults with a range of disabilities. All of the reports, summaries and infographics from the COVID-19 & Disability Survey are available on our COVID-19 & Disability Survey webpage. Links to all our COVID-19 videos as well as other resources on COVID-19 can be found on our COVID-19 resource page.
Are you looking for local partners to help with outreach to the disability community? The NDNRC has Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) which work to increase collaborations in the community, dissemination and outreach efforts and enrollment of people with disabilities in the ACA marketplace. You can find a COC, on the COC page of our website.
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